Asura's Wrath, a beat'em up published by Capcom in 2012, features two downloadable episodes containing battles against Ryu/Evil Ryu and Akuma/Oni respectively. These two pieces of DLC use the Street Fighter IV engine and are called 'Lost Episodes'. The battle against Ryu/Evil Ryu carries the subtitle, 'At Last, Someone Angrier Than Me' and the Akuma/Oni episode is subtitled, 'The Strongest vs. the Angriest'. The cinematics in these episodes are so over the top they are highly entertaining; for instance when Asura hits Ryu so hard he is launched all the way to the moon. And who could forget the part when Oni and Asura split the moon in half with the sheer power of their attacks!?
Let's talk about Dead Rising 3! Released in 2013 as a launch title for XBONE, the third instalment in the Dead Rising series takes place 10 years after the Fortune City outbreak of Dead Rising 2. Five scenarios were released as downloadable content to the main game, the fifth of which was a non-canonical beat 'em up, humorously called Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α. The fan service in this add-on abounds, including Chun-Li, Ryu and Haggar costumes from the Street Fighter universe and boss battles against Akuma and a gigantic M. Bison zombie!
The ninth episode of the Yu Yu Hakusho anime features likenesses of several Street Fighter characters. The episode is called 'The Search Begins' and characters bearing uncanny likenesses to Zangief, Dhalsim, E. Honda, Chun-Li and Guile all appear in the background. Less blatant facsimiles of Ryu and Ken can also be claimed; there are lots of fairly generic karatekas in the supporting cast. Sometimes it's said that T. Hawk can also be seen but, as this episode first aired in 1992, and Hawk didn't debut until 1993, I woud suggest this is bogus.
Guess what? In the 2013 Devil May Cry reboot, DmC, developers Ninja Theory snuck in a Street Fighter II Easter-egg in the form of a World Warrior arcade cabinet. It can be found in the first mission, on the left-hand side of the Fun Land Pier Arcade. The display shows a Ken versus Ryu match-up but unfortunately it can't be interacted with. *Bonus Resident Evil / Capcom trivia!* There are several classic Capcom cabinets in the Urban Chaos Mercenaries map in Resident Evil 6, including a Darkstalkers Revenge machine.
Have you ever heard of Street Fighter IV: Flashback? Yes? Well done you! In 2006 Backbone Entertainment pitched a numeric Street Fighter project to Capcom, entitled Street Fighter IV: Flashback. It was intended to be a 3D, one-on-one fighting game with a 'flashback' feature that would allow players to rewind time to undo a mistake in a bout. According to unseen64, there was also set to be an adventure mode where the player would take on the role of Ryu in a flashback to events preceeding Street Fighter II. Some of the concept art drawn by Udon was reused for Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix, other artwork has never been seen elsewhere. Unfortunately for Backbone, their pitch coincided with development of Capcom's own IV title and the idea never made it beyond paper.
Blanka's background appearances in Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter and X-Men Vs. Street Fighter have previously been covered, but there's a humorous detail I wasn't aware of until recently. In Marvel Super Heroes Vs., the Death Valley stage shows Blanka and Beast gathered around a fire in the background but, if Shadow Charlie is one of the combatants, Blanka is missing. Why? It's a wink to the plot of the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie where Charlie and Blanka are revealed to be the same person. Capcom repeated this little joke in X-Men Vs. too; the Beast replaces Blanka in the background when Charlie is present. Big thanks to Malik Dhmn for this spot.
Finally for today, let's look at something really obscure! Kamen Rider SD: Shutsugeki!! Rider Machine is a Japan-only, Super Famicom side-scrolling beat 'em up, released in 1993. Across its nine stages, Kamen Rider contains a smattering of pop-culture references (e.g. Indiana Jones, Terminator, Nikita) and in stage seven, 'Silk Road' there are four bobble-headed background characters (known as 'E's incidentally) paying homage to Street Fighter II. As you speed along the road you can catch a glimpse in the background of 'Ken' projecting a hadoken at 'Guile' and 'Chun-Li' attacking 'Ryu' with her Spinning Bird Kick.